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The 'League of the Scarlet Pimpernel' is a secret society made up of twenty English aristocrats. The commander is the so-called 'Scarlet Pimpernel' but almost nobody knows his real identity. The society aims to defy the French revolutionaries. The main goal is to rescue innocents from the deadly guillotine. Will it be that easy to escape the danger of daily executions of the Reign of Terror? Will someone finally find out who the Scarlet Pimpernel is? Will this put to an end the league’s actions against the Terror? Find out the answers in 'The Scarlet Pimpernel' by Baroness Orczy. Baroness Orczy was a British author, born in Hungary, who lived in the period 1865 – 1947. Her literary legacy consists of a series of novels and playwrights. She gained wide popularity in 1905 with the publication of 'The Scarlet Pimpernel', a play which she wrote together with her husband. The wide interest that followed after the first publication led to several sequels. Baroness Orczy was also an important figure during World War I as she established an organization which was women-orientated and aimed to encourage them to seek active service in the armed forces.Show more
The Porte Montmartre is under citizen Bibot’s command and he is determined not to let anybody escape. When he finds out that Scarlet Pimpernel is planning his next rescue mission, he is ready to do whatever it takes to stop the commander of 'The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel'. Will he manage to do so or will Pimpernel outwit him? Will the Duc and Duchesse de Montreux be saved by Pimpernel or will this mission fail? Find out the answers in the second of eleven short stories, combined in 'The League of the Scarlet Pimpernel' from 1919.Show more
The Scarlet Pimpernel is the first novel in a series of historical fiction by Baroness Orczy, The novel is set during the Reign of Terror following the fthe French Revolution. The title is the nom de guerre of its hero and protagonist, a chivalrous Englishman who rescues aristocrats before they are sent to the guillotine. Sir Percy Blakeney leads a double life: apparently nothing more than a wealthy fop, but in reality a formidable swordsman and a quick-thinking escape artist. The band of gentlemen who assist him are the only ones who know his secret identity. He is known by his symbol, a simple flower, the scarlet pimpernel. Opening at the New Theatre in London's West End on January 5, 1905, the play became a favourite of British audiences, eventually playing more than 2,000 performances. Produced by Devin Lawerence Edited by Macc Kay Production executive Avalon Giuliano ICON Intern Eden Giuliano Music By AudioNautix With Their Kind Permission ©2020 Eden Garret Giuliano (P) Eden Garret Giuliano Geoffrey Giuliano is the author of over thirty internationally bestselling biographies, including the London Sunday Times bestseller Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney and Dark Horse: The Private Life of George Harrison. He can be heard on the Westwood One Radio Network and has written and produced over seven hundred original spoken-word albums and video documentaries on various aspects of popular culture. He is also a well known movie actor.Show more
These British Isles, moored across from mainland Europe, are more often seen as a world unto themselves. Restless and creative, they often warred amongst themselves until they began a global push to forge a World Empire of territory, of trade and of language.Here our ambitions are only of the literary kind. These shores have mustered many masters of literature. So this anthology's boundaries includes only those authors who were born in the British Isles - which as a geographical definition is the UK mainland and the island of Ireland - and wrote in a familiar form of English.Whilst Daniel Defoe is the normal starting point we begin a little earlier with Aphra Behn, an equally colourful character as well as an astonishing playwright and poet. And this is how we begin to differentiate our offering; both in scope, in breadth and in depth. These islands have raised and nurtured female authors of the highest order and rank and more often than not they have been sidelined or ignored in favour of that other gender which usually gets the plaudits and the royalties.Way back when it was almost immoral that a woman should write. A few pages of verse might be tolerated but anything else brought ridicule and shame. That seems unfathomable now but centuries ago women really were chattel, with marriage being, as the Victorian author Charlotte Smith boldly stated 'legal prostitution'. Some of course did find a way through - Jane Austen, the Brontes and Virginia Woolf but for many others only by changing their names to that of men was it possible to get their book to publication and into a readers hands. Here we include George Eliot and other examples.We add further depth with many stories by authors who were famed and fawned over in their day. Some wrote only a hidden gem or two before succumbing to poverty and death. There was no second career as a game show guest, reality TV contestant or youtuber. They remain almost forgotten outposts of talent who never prospered despite devoted hours of pen and brain.Keeping to a chronological order helps us to highlight how authors through the ages played around with characters and narrative to achieve distinctive results across many scenarios, many styles and many genres. The short story became a sort of literary laboratory, an early disruptor, of how to present and how to appeal to a growing audience as a reflection of social and societal changes. Was this bound to happen or did a growing population that could read begin to influence rather than just accept?Moving through the centuries we gather a groundswell of authors as we hit the Victorian Age - an age of physical mass communication albeit only on an actual printed page. An audience was offered a multitude of forms: novels (both whole and in serialised form) essays, short stories, poems all in weekly, monthly and quarterly form. Many of these periodicals were founded or edited by literary behemoths from Dickens and Thackeray through to Jerome K Jerome and, even some female editors including Ethel Colburn Mayne, Alice Meynell and Ella D'Arcy.Now authors began to offer a wider, more diverse choice from social activism and justice - and injustice to cutting stories of manners and principles. From many forms of comedy to mental meltdowns, from science fiction to unrequited heartache. If you can imagine it an author probably wrote it. At the end of the 19th Century bestseller lists and then prizes, such as the Nobel and Pulitzer, helped focus an audience's attention to a books literary merit and sales worth. Previously coffeehouses, Imperial trade, unscrupulous overseas printers ignoring copyright restrictions, publishers with their book lists as an appendix and the gossip and interchange of polite society had been the main avenues to secure sales and profits.Show more
Stories are one of mankind’s greatest artistic achievements. Whether written down or spoken they have an ability to capture our imagination and thoughts, and take us on incredible journeys in the space of a phrase and the turn of a page.Within a few words of text or speech, new worlds and characters form, propelling a narrative to a conclusion with intricate ease. Finely crafted, perfectly formed these Miniature Masterpieces, at first thought, seem remarkably easy to conjure up. But ask any writer and they will tell you that distilling the essence of narrative and characters into a short story is one of the hardest acts of their literary craft. Many attempt, but few achieve.Show more
With the Reign of Terror at its peak, and the death toll mounting, France's violent revolutionists suddenly find themselves frustrated by a mysterious vigilante. Known as the Scarlet Pimpernel, the enigmatic hero rescues the country's ill-fated aristocrats from the doom of the guillotine and whisks them away to safety, with a band of gallant cohorts at his aid. Meanwhile, in England, beautiful Frenchwoman and former actress Lady Marguerite Blakeney finds herself drifting apart from her inane and foppish husband Sir Percy Blakeney - until Marguerite's brother is found to be in league with the Pimpernel and the villainous Chauvelin blackmails her into discovering the true identity of the masked man... **Contact Customer Service for Additional Content**Show more
A timeless novel of adventure, intrigue, and romance is sparked by one man's defiance in the face of authority... Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down. There have been many imitations of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but none has ever equaled its superb sense of color and drama and its irresistible gift of wonderfully romantic escape.Show more
From its opening amid the horrors of the French Revolution, to its unexpected ending on the shores of the English Channel, The Scarlet Pimpernel fizzes with excitement and wit. Dominating the action is the apparently limp-wristed fop, Sir Percy Blakeney, the most unlikely, though the most gentlemanly of heroes. With a happy countenance Sir Percy outwits all the machinations of Chauvelin, the zealous Revolutionary official, to help nobles escape. He is first hindered, then helped, in his plans by his beautiful but naive French wife Marguerite. 1. Escape from Terror - At the West Gate. In Paris during the Revolutionary Terror, aristocrats are hauled to their deaths on the guillotine. Although many try to escape, they are caught at the city gates. Recently, however, many nobles have fled thanks to an unknown Englishman called the Scarlet Pimpernel. One afternoon, a hideous old woman arrives at the West Gate and repels even its guardian Sergeant Bibot, for she says that her grandson has the plague, and he quickly waves her through. Shortly after, a captain arrives and reveals that the hag was the Pimpernel in disguise, hiding the Comtesse de Tournay and her children. 2. The Fisherman's Rest - Fraught reunions - Unwelcome encounter. Safe in England at The Fisherman's Rest, the Comtesse de Tournay questions Sir Andrew Ffoulkes and Lord Anthony Dewhurst about the identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel. As Marguerite St Just arrives, the Comtesse damns her for betraying an aristocrat. Sir Percy Blakeney, Marguerite's foppish husband, follows but his wife is only concerned with her brother Armand, who is shortly to return to France. Later, Marguerite ponders her marriage to Sir Percy who, so in love with her when they wed, has turned cool since she confessed to unwittingly betraying the Marquis de St Cyr. Her thoughts are interrupted by Chauvelin, an old acquaintance and Republican official. He forces her to help unmask the Pimpernel by threatening her brother's life. Chauvelin tells her that the Pimpernel will be at Lord Grenville's ball. 3. At the Ball - A cunning ruse - In the supper-room. Marguerite suspects that Sir Andrew may be the Pimpernel, and when he receives a suspicious note, she approaches him and pretends to faint. She snatches the paper and reads it, discovering that the Pimpernel is going to France the next day and will be in the supper-room at one-o'clock for any last-minute plans. She informs Chauvelin of her findings and he lies in wait. He pretends to fall asleep, but the only person he sees is Sir Percy, similarly slumbering. 4. The Pimpernel Unmasked - The revealing ring. After the ball, Marguerite breaks down, almost melting Sir Percy's cool exterior as she begs him to help Armand. The next morning, she discovers that he has left on his yacht. She enters her husband's study and her suspicions are aroused by his methodical tidiness. Sir Percy is not the fool he seems, but a determined man. She is further amazed to find a signet-ring bearing the mark of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Suzanne de Tournay, the Comtesse's daughter and Marguerite's friend, arrives and tells her that the Pimpernel has left to save her father. Marguerite is now sure of Sir Percy's secret. 5. Into France - Frantic departure. Marguerite's fears are reconfirmed by Chauvelin, who returns Armand's compromising letter, which he promised to deliver when on the Pimpernel's trail. Appalled, Marguerite realizes that she has betrayed her husband. Quickly, she goes to Sir Andrew's house and begs for his help. He agrees to escort her to France to warn Sir Percy. They cross from Dover and he leads her to an inn, the Chat Gris, where Sir Percy is due. Marguerite hides upstairs while Sir Andrew scouts around. 6. An Elusive Pimpernel - Dangerous snuff. As she waits, Chauvelin arrives in disguise and orders a meal. He sends his underling Desgas to fetch the soldiers to trap the Pimpernel. Horrified, Marguerite hears Sir Percy approaching, singing 'God Save the King'. He enters, and recognizing his adversary, greets him heartily. Chauvelin waits for his troops to arrive as Percy secretly fills his snuffbox with pepper and offers some to the unsuspecting agent. As the Frenchman sneezes explosively Percy flees. The soldiers arrive too late, but Desgas discovers a Jew named Rosenbaum, who offers to guide them to Pere Blanchard's hut, the Pimpernel's meeting place. The soldiers set off, followed by Marguerite. 7. Père Blanchard's Hut - A shriek in time - Chauvelin thwarted. Marguerite shadows Chauvelin, but stumbles in the darkness and is captured. The soldiers then surround the hut and wait for Percy to join his accomplices waiting inside. Chauvelin warns Marguerite not to scream and she remains silent until she again hears Percy singing. Suddenly, she shrieks and wrecks Chauvelin's plans. He quickly orders his men inside the hut but it is too late. The guards admit that they have let the suspects leave because their orders were to wait until the Pimpernel arrived before entering. However, Chauvelin finds a note detailing Percy's escape plans near Calais. 8. Happy Returns - A fine disguise. Furious at the soldiers' incompetence, Chauvelin orders Rosenbaum to be beaten; he then bids farewell to Marguerite. As she lies weak on the grass, she hears the sound of an English voice ? it is Sir Percy, disguised as Rosenbaum. Marguerite unties him and he explains how he had thrown the note found by Chauvelin in the hut as a decoy. Sir Andrew then arrives and the three set off for the real rendezvous with Percy's yacht. Back home, the Blakeneys are happy together again.Show more
El Dorado, by Baroness Orczy is a sequel book to the classic adventure tale, The Scarlet Pimpernel. As well as containing all the main characters from the first book, Eldorado introduces several new characters and features the Baron de Batz, who also turns up in Sir Percy Leads the Band and The Way of the Scarlet Pimpernel (Baron Jean de Batz is a genuine historical figure). It is 1794 and Paris, "despite the horrors that had stained her walls - has remained a city of pleasure, and the knife of the guillotine did scarce descend more often than did the drop-scenes on the stage." The plot begins when Sir Percy reluctantly agrees to take Armand St. Just with him to France as part of a plan to rescue the young Dauphin.Show more
Perhaps the most famous alias of all time, "The Scarlet Pimpernel" hides the identity of a British nobleman who, masked by various disguises, leads a band of young men to undermine the Reign of Terror after the French Revolution. The Scarlet Pimpernel makes daring raid after daring raid into the heart of France to save aristocrats condemned to the guillotine. At each rescue, he leaves his calling card: a small, blood-red flower-a pimpernel-mocking the power of Robespierre and his Committee of Public Safety. Having been told that his own wife was an informer who delivered an aristocrat into the hands of the Committee, the Scarlet Pimpernel must keep his identity and work a secret while he struggles against the love he feels for her. Until the day her own brother is taken prisoner.... This novel is part of Brilliance Audio''s extensive Classic Collection, bringing you timeless masterpieces that you and your family are sure to love.Show more
The French Revolution is at the height of its fury. Daily, hundreds of aristocratic heads fall from the guillotine. Emotions run high, and anyone suspected of sympathy toward the nobility is in mortal danger. Only one man is daring enough to lead a small band against popular opinion-the Scarlet Pimpernel. Using masterful disguises and clever strategies, the Scarlet Pimpernel smuggles noblemen and women from France to safety in England. His success is a thorn in the side of the Revolution. As he vanishes from each escapade, he leaves no trace behind except an image of the colorful flower that is his emblem. The Scarlet Pimpernel must be stopped at all costs. But who is he? This enduring classic is filled with wonderful layers of intrigue and dashing courage. As the cunning hero, and the beautiful woman who loves him, move toward a final victory, the quickened pace is enhanced by Steven Crossley's dramatic narration.Show more
Paris: September 1792. At the West Barricade, the bloody guillotine continues her ghastly work. And word has gotten round that the mischievous Englishman who delights at ferrying off French Aristocrats to England is somewhere among them. For today, the Citoyen Fouquier-Tinville, on his way to the Committee of Public Safety , received another enigmatic calling card. It was signed with a symbol of a red flower - the mark of the Scarlet Pimpernel.Show more
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